New healthcare centre in Dulwich moves forward to detailed design stage
The new health centre, which is set to be built on land currently occupied by Dulwich Community Hospital, is likely to open in 2019. It will provide a range of primary care, community mental health services and services for patients with long term conditions. Work will now start on planning and a full business case for the new centre, including the detail of exactly which services the centre will provide, how many patients will need to be seen there and a timeline for development. The feedback from the public consultation is shaping this work.
NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group is working with Community Health Partnerships (CHP) to progress the c.£20M project following extensive public engagement and consultation. The project will be delivered through CHPs Public Private Partnership LIFT Programme with 40% of investment coming from CHP via the Department of Health.
Dr Roger Durston, GP Lead for the project said: "We have been talking to residents in Dulwich and the surrounding areas about how we can improve health services since 2011. We are delighted to be moving forward with our plans."
He added: “We will continue to listen to what patients, health care professionals and residents say as we draw up plans for the new building and the services that will be housed there.”
CHP Chief Executive, Dr Sue O’Connell commented: “We are delighted that this project is moving forward – with the ultimate aim of providing excellent new healthcare services for local people in Dulwich.
Over the past decade, CHP, through the LIFT Programme has successfully delivered over 300 similar projects, which have provided a significant range of health and regeneration benefits through the creation of community-based buildings and facilities, delivering 21st century health and social care.”
NHS clinical services will continue to be provided from existing buildings on the site until they transfer to the new health centre. Also to be built on the site, adjacent to the new health centre, is a secondary level Free School to be run by The Charter School Trust.